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Mkhwebane grants Gordhan deadline extension to submit affidavit

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan was initially supposed to hand in the affidavit by 1pm on Tuesday.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Picture: @PublicProtector/Twitter

PRETORIA - The office of the Public Protector has confirmed that it has extended the deadline given to Minister Pravin Gordhan to file an affidavit related to the investigation of the so-called rogue unit at the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The minister had been given until 1pm on Tuesday to file the affidavit with Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office.

Mkhwebane is investigating allegations of improper and irregular conduct as well as a violation of the executive ethics code and follows a complaint from the EFF's Floyd Shivambu.

The Public Protector’s Oupa Segalwe said that Minister Gordhan asked for a deadline extension in order to gather all the information required to file his submission.

"The Public Protector has granted the minister's request in the spirit of fairness. He indicated, and this is the same information that we got from Sars sometime last week, that Sars is procuring legal opinion to establish if it would be in line with the law to favour the Public Protector with some of the information."

Segwalwe said that the concern is that some of the requested information may have a bearing on certain people’s private tax affairs.

It’s not yet clear how long Gordhan has been given to respond.

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